Canadian Immigration Overview

Canadian Skilled immigration overview

One of the main goals of Canadian immigration is to welcome skilled newcomers who will contribute to Canada's growing economy. Skilled workers who settle in Canada on a permanent basis are especially valuable to Canada's economy and the strength of its workforce.

The Canadian government grants permanent residence visas using a point system. This point system assesses an applicant according to various factors that will indicate whether the applicant and dependents can or will establish themselves in Canada successfully.According to a survey by Canada's Federation of Independent Business, as reported in the Reader's Digest, 1 out of 20 jobs remains unfilled because of an inability to find suitably-skilled labor. This represents over a quarter of a million vacant jobs in small-and medium-sized businesses alone. Nearly 7.5% of jobs went unfilled in the skilled construction market, as well as the business service and agricultural sectors.

Canada has an impressive trillion-dollar high-tech industry. The country is also rich with natural resources, including iron, diamonds and gold, plus its oil resources are the 3rd largest in the world.

According to the Association for Canadian Studies, the median household income for Canadian citizens is $68,560 per year. As reported in Money Sense, during the last ten years, the Toronto Stock Exchange has risen 59%, compared with a 3% gain for the MSCI World Index and a 4% loss for the S&P 500.

The Canadian dollar has also appreciated 47% against the U.S. dollar and 16% against the euro over the past 10 years. Since the 1990s, Canada's federal government has maintained a budget surplus and was barely touched by the global recession. Canada also has a low unemployment rate, plus there has been an increase in full-time jobs with high-paying positions and a decrease in the part-time job market.

What Canadian Citizenship Offers You

A Strong economy – Canada has the world's 10th largest economy and is a member of the OECD and the G8.

First-rate healthcare – The health care system is publicly funded and mostly free. This world-class system is highly-valued by Canadians.

Outstanding education – Also publicly funded, education is a top priority in Canada and is compulsory until age 16 (and even until age 18 in some provinces).

Excellent living conditions – Ranked as one of the best places to live in the world.

A future after retirement – Unlike most countries, new immigrants to Canada are entitled to a state pension and other state benefits.